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New system aims to improve mental health response

Dec. 01, 2021 11:38 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is launching a new system to improve the response to mental health emergencies. The Marcus Alert system launches Wednesday in five regions in the state, news outlets report. The system is named for Marcus-David Peters, who was fatally shot...

Grand jury clears officer who shot Pharrell Williams' cousin

Nov. 30, 2021 17:54 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A special grand jury found that a Virginia Beach police officer was justified in fatally shooting a Black man armed with a gun during a chaotic night of violence on the city's oceanfront this spring, authorities said Tuesday. The death of...

Recount in 1 Virginia House district set for this week

Nov. 30, 2021 17:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of the two outstanding recounts requested by Democratic incumbents who trail their GOP challengers in Virginia House races is set to take place Thursday and Friday. Republicans won at least 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber in the Nov. 2...

A Virginia Beach health clinic closes after 35 years

Nov. 20, 2021 09:11 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Wendy Knight was newly divorced and didn’t have health insurance when she went to Beach Health Clinic for the first time 12 years ago. “I was welcomed with open arms,” Knight, 60, said. “The best service I ever received.” ...

Dominion seeks Virginia's approval for offshore wind project

Nov. 05, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Plans for Dominion Energy's massive offshore wind farm near the Virginia coast are being filed with the State Corporation Commission, bringing the project one major step closer to becoming reality, the company said Friday. Dominion plans to...

Police: Suspect charged in shooting that killed 3, injured 2

Nov. 04, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged in a shooting that killed three women and injured two others, Norfolk police said Thursday. Officers called to Whitaker Lane on Wednesday evening found five women suffering from gunshot wounds, police said in a...

Republicans win at least 50 House seats in Virginia

Nov. 03, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (AP) — Republicans have won at least 50 seats in the Virginia House, ensuring at least a tie with Democrats who had fought to retain control. Several races were still too early to call, but the GOP also declared victory in some of those, with party...

GOP sweeps statewide races with 2 down-ballot wins

Nov. 03, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans completed a sweep of down-ballot statewide offices Wednesday, with victories for attorney general and lieutenant governor, including the first Black woman ever to be elected statewide in the commonwealth. The wins echoed the...

Virginia Beach OKs $568 million bond to fend off rising seas

Nov. 03, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

Voters in Virginia Beach have approved one of the larger bonds in the U.S. to pay for infrastructure projects to guard against rising seas and intensifying hurricanes, suggesting that more Americans are finally willing to spend tax dollars to adapt to climate change. ...

Virginia Beach confronts inescapable costs of rising seas

Oct. 29, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Voters in the sprawling coastal city of Virginia Beach will decide whether to approve one of the larger municipal bonds in the U.S. that would be used to protect against rising seas and intensifying hurricanes. If it passes Tuesday, the $568...